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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 2957 ..

Ms McRae: Why do you not answer the question? Try answering a question. That would be novel.

MR DE DOMENICO: I will answer your question, Ms McRae. As you should know, not one Minister, whether it be the Chief Minister or the Deputy Chief Minister or another Minister, makes a decision without going to Cabinet. Before decisions are made, Cabinet agrees or disagrees. Some Ministers win out; some Ministers do not win out. That is point No. 1. Ms McRae, had you spoken to your leader this week and perhaps feather duster next week, Mr Whitecross, you would have known that I gave Mr Whitecross a briefing on Thursday afternoon as well. Is that correct?

Mr Whitecross: You gave me the piece of paper you gave to the unions.

MR DE DOMENICO: Not only did we talk to the workers, not only did we talk to the unions, not only did we talk to four Cabinet Ministers; we also talked to Mr Whitecross. For Ms McRae's edification, I did not brief any member of the media.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal statement pursuant to standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I was misrepresented by both Mrs Carnell and Mr De Domenico during question time in an outrageous and misleading way. The first issue I will take up with you, Mr Speaker, is the bus services in Belconnen. Mr De Domenico acted as if there were no proposals afoot to cut services from eight suburbs to the suburb of Kippax.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Mr Berry cannot debate the issue.

MR SPEAKER: I am listening very carefully.

MR BERRY: I am not debating it. Mr De Domenico accused me of making a baseless claim and of scaremongering. I take that seriously. A document prepared by ACTION sets out clearly that it was the Government's intention to strike out bus services from Charnwood, Flynn, Fraser, Melba, Scullin, Hawker, Weetangera and Cook - eight suburbs.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. As I understand it, standing order 46 requires an explanation to be of a personal nature. Unless buses are personal or timetables are personal, then Mr Berry's explanation is not of a personal nature.

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